‘Catch’ grabs for ‘Rings’

DiCaprio pic takes top spot in Oz, Taiwan

New Line’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” is tracking 22% ahead of its predecessor but it has toppled from the top of the box office lists in some key territories.

The cracks are showing four weekends after it began an international rollout that has returned $345 million.

This weekend, DreamWorks’ “Catch Me If You Can” flew out of the blocks in Oz and Taiwan, bumping “Rings” from the top spot. Over four days, the Leonardo DiCaprio crime caper returned $2.1 million from 296 screens in Oz — 127 fewer than “Rings,” which recouped $2 million.

In Taiwan “Catch Me” beat “Rings'” weekend total, taking about $537,000 from 57. “Rings” took $448,000 from 58. In Belgium, it took $568,000 on 76 and the No. 1 spot over “Rings,” playing on 112 for $394,000.

Local hero

But “Catch Me” couldn’t catch “Rings” in helmer Peter Jackson’s native New Zealand. Fox’s “Die Another Day” played strongly in lap two. “Catch Me” took $242,000 from 46 screens in four days, “Die Another Day” took $327,000 from 50, “Rings” took $464,671 from 103.

“Gangs of New York” preemed strongly in France and preliminary results from 55 Paris cinemas show the Martin Scorsese film doubled the admissions for “Rings.” Distribber IEG confirms “Gangs” took $4.6 million from 843 screens this weekend.

Across the channel in Blighty, where “Rings” dominated the frame, “Gangs” didn’t fare so well. It took an estimated $4.2 million from 385 locations and other newcomer “The Tuxedo” took $1.7 million from 265 locations in three days. “Rings” took $6.9 million from 1,170 screens, cume is $70 million.

Warner pushed sequel “Analyze That” into Austria, Belgium, Spain, Thailand and Turkey this weekend after a prelim debut in Israel last week. Spanish debut was No. 3 three in the market after holdover “Rings” and bow of “The Ring,” nabbing $1.1 million from 205 screens — 91% more than the opening weekend for predecessor “Analyze This.” “Ring” took $1.7 million from 262 screens.

In Turkey, “Analyze That” dominated the frame but Germans shunned the pic. It took $813,000 from 356 prints, fifth in the market after holdovers “Rings,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” and debuts for BVI’s “Reign of Fire” and Sony’s soft rollout “I Spy.”

Split scene

Germany and Austria are usually similar markets but the anomaly that sees “8 Mile” dominate one and “Rings” dominate the other, continues.

In Austria, Eminem starrer “8 Mile” was No. 1 for a second week, ahead of “Rings” in lap four, taking $336,000 in three days from 87.

But in Germany, “Rings” is top dog, followed by “8 Mile” for a second weekend, having taken about $2.9 million in four days from 548 locations.

The Italian B.O. is marching to its own tune, as is the norm. “Ma che colpa abbiamo noi” (“It Can’t Be All Our Fault”) debuted in the top spot. The co-production of Warners and domestic producers Virginia Films, marks Warners’ first foray into Italo film production. Pic took $1.7 million from 245 screens.

In Mexico “Catch Me” retained top spot for a second frame, five-day receipts were about $1.6 million from 440 screens, a 36% drop from last week’s debut. but still a stronger perf than “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” which opened in the second spot with about $1 million.

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